Queen's Belfast News Release

17th November, 2010

Feeding people sustainably: first Royal Society lecture at Queen’s in 20 years

Feeding people sustainably: first Royal Society lecture at Queen’s in 20 years Professor Charles Godfray, FRS

Members of the public are invited to attend the first Royal Society lecture at Queen’s in 20 years.

Professor Charles Godfray, Fellow of the Royal Society, will speak on Feeding Sustainably 9 Billion People, at the University next Monday evening (22 November). In his talk he will address the opportunities and challenges presented by continuing population and consumption growth and an increasing global demand for food.

Professor Godfray is the chair of the Foresight project’s lead expert group, which poses the question how can a future global population of nine billion people be fed sustainably, healthily and equitably. The project will publish its findings in January 2011. 

Professor Godfray said: “Queen’s University and the people of Northern Ireland have a proud reputation for making a positive difference around the world and addressing the needs of the world’s poorest. I look forward to discussing with people what we can do to ensure sustainable and equitable food security, against the challenges of climate change and growing competition for land, water and energy.”

Professor Tony Gallagher, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Planning, Staffing and External Relations said: ‘Through its Institute for a Sustainable World, Queen’s is actively working to tackle the areas raised by Profressor Godfray, and in doing so, is making a real difference to people’s lives around the world. The topic of the lecture is one that is relevant to all of us, and I would encourage people to come along on Monday evening and attend what will no doubt be a stimulating and thought-provoking evening.”

Those interested in attending The Royal Society Lecture should contact Paul Cochrane via email at p.cochrane@qub.ac.uk or by telephone on 028 9097 5323. Admission is free but places should be reserved. The lecture takes place at 6.30pm in G024 on Monday, 22 November, in the Peter Froggatt Centre on the main campus at Queen’s.

Media inquiries to Communications Office. Tel: 028 90 97 3091 or email comms.office@qub.ac.uk

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